Grasshopper Build Day Summary

Yesterday was the first trail work day of the 2014/2015 build season on Grasshopper Trail at Galbraith Mountain. We roughed-in a loooo0o0ng berm just after the Alexis Step-Up. We removed two stumps and threw a hell of a lot of dirt.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the turnout to be so large on a day when there was trail work happening right down the road on Blanchard Mountain too. This didn’t seem to make much of an impact though, because we had 14 people come out to work! I think it really demonstrates the commitment of the trail users in the Bellingham community! Despite me being a bit unprepared for the number of people, we worked it out and did a pretty good job of keeping everyone busy.
Thanks to all involved including Shami, Austin, and Sonni Campbell, Chad Anderson, Dan Benowitz, Raf Torres, Darren Postma, Levi Postma, Logan Matz, Jim, Rodd Pemble, Ryan Roberts, and Ambrose Zhi.
-Mike
Angus rolling a rock

Angus rolling a rock

Grasshopper Work Crew

Grasshopper Work Crew

Manual Mike has adopted Grasshopper and has prepared a list of build days for the year.  Below is a message from him regarding where to go, what to do, and what to expect.

First off, here’s the list of upcoming build days:

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014

And here’s his letter:

“I provide the tools. Just ride up on your bike and meet me at the Alexis Step-Up Jump (see picture below). You can’t miss it! Take Fire Circle trail at the top of the Wall fire road climb, turn left on Grasshopper (There is a sign now) and ride down the trail until you see the jump. All work days start at 12 noon and go for 3 to 5 hours. Bring gloves and a snack.
I will also do additional days as time allows.  Email me your name, and phone number and I’ll make sure you get added to the email and text lists. (manualmike@gmail.com ) and here’s his website: www.manualmike.com
Thanks! “
-Mike
Alexis Step Up

Alexis Step Up

Blanchard Mountain Trailday – This Saturday!

Blanchard Mountain Trailday – This Saturday!

Join us on Saturday morning to help complete a reroute of the Lily-Lizard Lake connector.   This new section will change a former fall line trail between the lakes into a nicely graded bench cut that is rideable from either direction.

We’ll be meeting at the Upper Trailhead at 9:45 AM and then plan to drive up near the work site around 10. From our parking location, we’ll bushwhack in and then hike the upper section Alternate Incline to connect in with the Lily/Lizard trail. Our work zone will be just uphill from Lizard Lake. Based on the progress we already have made, we expect this to take 3-4 hours to complete the last section, so we’ll be driving off the mountain around 2 PM.

We’ll provide coffee and pastries in the morning, but bring some water and snacks. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring work gloves. We’ll, of course, provide tools, but if you have one you want to bring, please do so.

Directions:

From Bellingham, head south on I5 and take exit 240 (Alger exit). Go right (west) on Lake Samish Road for approx.. ½ mile and take a left on Barrell Springs road. Follow Barrel Springs Road a mile or two and then take a right on Lily Lake Road (there is a sign for Blanchard Mountain). Drive up the dirt road and go past the lower trailhead with the bathrooms. Continue to the upper trailhead (be sure to go past the left turn that goes towards the Samish Overlook/Hanglider takeoff) and we’ll meet there.

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Educating our Local Government

Matt Durand (former WMBC President) and Eric Brown (Trail Director) had recently presented to both the city and county council on the economic benefits of mountain biking on a community.  Included in the presentation is information explaining what WMBC does and what we’re planning on doing in the future. Click here on WMBC_City_Council_Presentation (1) to see a copy of the presentation and learn more about the WMBC.

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2014 Fall Trail Building Academy and Upper Scorpion Reroute

We had a great group of 17 folks who attended our 3rd Fall Trail Building Academy.  Most of the attendees were from our TAP program, but we had a few that were just there to learn more about proper trail design and maintenance.

Day 1 was a classroom style setting where we had discussions around proper trail design and maintenance.  Many thanks to Mark Wood from the NSMBA who led the discussion again and provided a ton of passion and insight into the challenges we face in the PNW desiging and maintaining trails in our wet climate.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy  -Mark Wood leading the day.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – EB giving some “color commentary”.

Day 2 was focused on taking those fundamentals learned in the classroom and applying them in the real world.  While we had a foggy and damp day on Galbraith, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as we worked on a reroute on Upper Scorpion.  We did some drainage and maintenance and then were able to build new trail:  Items like removing all organic materials, building a proper bench cut and considering drainage at every step along the way.  The trail academy students were joined by a few experienced builders (Jeff Jaap, Andrew Trimakas and James Waltman) who helped lead the day to ensure that any questions were answered during the build day.

Great news is we got the new re-route tied into the old section of Scorpion!  It’s going to require another pass and some time to sit and compact, but will be a really awesome new section.  Our plan is to give the entire trail more love this season to breathe new life into an old classic.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh Gold

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh Gold

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh gold!

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Brendan and Drew cleaning up a section.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Csaba and Rhett after a day of digging.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – For your viewing pleasure.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Javon and Drew on our way out.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy -  Fresh Gold!

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh dirt on a berm.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh gold!

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Andrew Wiley and Miles getting organic cleared before moving gold in place.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Andrew Wiley and Miles getting organic cleared before moving gold in place.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Kevin Menard with Apple Jack

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Kevin Menard with Apple Jack

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - discussing the next section with Jeff, Jesse and Mike.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – discussing the next section with Jeff, Jesse and Mike.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Rosemary and Csaba tamping in fresh gold and checking for outslope.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Rosemary and Csaba tamping in fresh gold and checking for outslope.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Jesse Griffen getting the last left berm dialed.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Jesse Griffen getting the last left berm dialed.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - EB discussing the flow into the next section.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – EB discussing the flow into the next section.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Rhett Dixon getting a section to gold.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Rhett Dixon getting a section to gold.

Cheech and Chongs Gets Some Love

The boys at Transition Bikes got out and tuned up Cheech and Chongs Wild ride with two new cribbed in berms and some feature buffing. They also added a re-route around the old downhill log ride to add more trail and flow with less breaking. The re-route is not open yet but will be later this week.

Temporary Closure of Back Door

Back Door is temporarily closed due to a landslide. There is an excavator near the trail that is working on replacing the large cement retaining wall that has fallen into the trail.  Please go down the Ridge Trail as you exit out of SST. Thanks!fallen blocks

Saturday (10/25) Trailday Sponsored by REI – Larrabee State Park

Hi everyone,

REI is sponsoring our first trailday of the season this Saturday morning and it will be the first of many on Chuckanut Mountain this year!  Our current plan is to knock out some minor damage from the enduro race.  This should go fast and might not even take the whole crew.  Then, we will move on to a reroute of Double Black Diamond that will take riders through an amazing section of forest before re-entering onto the original trail.

  • Meet Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Clayton Beach (now called Lost Lake) Parking lot.  This is located ½ mile south of the main park entrance on the left (East) side of Chuckanut Drive.
  • Discover Passes:   We’ll have day passes for any volunteers if you don’t already have one.
  • Coffee/Snacks and Lunch: Our good friends at REI will be providing these, but bring a water bottle and any other refreshments that you want!
  • What to Bring: Prepare for the weather, so have a rain jacket work gloves and boots

WEATHER (IMPORTANT):  It currently looks like it will be very windy this weekend.  If this holds true and the winds are as predicted, we will either cancel the day or move it to Galbraith.  Please pay attention to the WMBC website or Facebook page on Friday night/Saturday morning to be sure this day is still taking place.

Cheers,

EB

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2014 Shoot the Trails Awards Contest Winners

Best Photograph

1st Place

Carl Buchanan “Baby on Board”

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2nd Place

Javier Vega

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3rd place

Brad Walton

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Best Video

1st Place

Kory Heptner  “Sweet Sixteen”

 https://vimeo.com/108729711

2nd Place

Ben White “Last Saturday”

 https://vimeo.com/107399223

3rd Place

Mattias Evangelista “Done”

https://vimeo.com/103780034

 

The crowd favorite at the Shoot the Trails Awards was Kevin Menard’s “Chasing Waterfalls”  https://vimeo.com/107961072.  Since Kevin is a member of the WMBC Board, he wanted to opt out of the prizes.

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